Zuma's lawyer claims he is broke and can't afford to finance trial

Zuma's lawyer claims he is broke and can't afford to finance trial

Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane, who is representing Jacob Zuma in his attempt to garner a permanent stay of prosecution, says the ex-president doesn't have the funds to continue defending himself, accusing the state of trying to squeeze him dry in the process.

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Jacob Zuma can't afford to continue paying legal costs connected to his corruption trial, according to his lawyer.

Sikhakhane claims that his client doesn't have the funds to repay more than R15 million in legal fees owed to the State:

“Mr Zuma remains here, squeezed out of everything he could do. He has no finances, the State has squeezed that. The State is squeezing him out not to be able to afford lawyers.”

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Briefly.co.za had reported that state attorney, Wim Trengrove, had argued that the former president had used the legal system to delay the case, at an immense cost to the public.

Late in 2018, the Gauteng High Court had found that Zuma had illegally used taxpayer coin to defend himself in his various legal battles, following which he had been ordered to repay the amount, reports Eyewitness News.

The NPA has argued the former president should be denied a stay in prosecution because it will be seen as special treatment, adamant that it would be a huge mistake:

“There is a high risk that if Mr Zuma escapes prosecution, that he would be seen to have received special treatment because he is an important and powerful man.”

Zuma had argued that he had suffered greatly at the hands of the NPA, claiming that he had been a victim of political interference, his reputation had taken a knock and that he had even been a victim of mob justice.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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